This guide serves as an initial source of information for those individuals preparing for disaster risk reduction activities or immediate deployment with Singapore partner responders in crisis. Additionally, it highlights the important role Singapore plays in preparing for, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from natural or man-made disasters in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Finally, it provides decision makers, planners, responders, and disaster management practitioners greater insight into Singapore Disaster Management capabilities, thereby enhancing regional civil-military response.
This handbook concludes that Singapore’s geographic location confers upon it both vulnerabilities and strengths. Lying just outside the Indo-Asia-Pacific’s “Ring of Fire” and just beyond major cyclone tracks, the country is nominally exposed to hazards but rarely experiences incidents that pose a threat to a large section of the populace. Based on the understanding that neighbors do not enjoy such security and that the prosperity of Singapore’s people and businesses is interconnected with neighbors’ and partners’ well-being, then, Singapore has developed the policies, frameworks, and partnerships necessary to allow it to respond to international crises rapidly and effectively.